May 23, 2012 |
Phillies fans have been breathing rarefied air during the last five years: a string of division titles, a pair of trips to the World Series, a sun-kissed parade down Broad Street, and an annual influx of All-Stars who wanted to be in Philadelphia, who were excited to wear red pinstripes, to play alongside Chase and Ryan and Cole, the homegrown heroes. It was surreal. It was joyous. But now you can't help but wonder: Is it over? Yeah, yeah — the Phillies finally had a decent week where they were able to string together a couple of wins against the Padres, Astros and Cubs.
May 21, 2012 |
There are many things in life that are truly difficult — losing a job, raising a child, dealing with Comcast customer service — but disliking the upstart professional baseball team from the nation's capital is not among them. Even so, if the Nats are to become a true rival to the Phillies, we figured it would be helpful to provide a head start on some good clean hate, a handy reference guide of reasons to despise the unbearable lameness of the Nats — and their ardently indifferent fan base.
March 25, 2010 |
Former major league star Dwight Gooden has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs and leaving the scene of an accident. The former pitcher for the New York Mets and Yankees had his 5-year-old son in his vehicle at the time of the two-vehicle crash around 9 a.m. Tuesday, Franklin Lakes (N.J.) police Capt. Joseph Seltenrich said. Police said no one was injured. Gooden also was charged with child endangerment and motor vehicle violations, authorities said.
May 27, 2010 |
I'm the GM, Part I Despite a miserable 15-30 record the Houston Astros say they are not attempting to trade righthander Roy Oswalt, who recently said he would like to go to a contender. "I've got a small window," Oswalt told reporters on Friday. "I've got two years left, and I'm trying to get back to the playoffs. I haven't been there since '05. " To which general manager Ed Wade offered the following acid response: "Roy's contract has a no-trade clause, not a trade-me clause.
November 19, 2009 |
The Los Angeles Angels could have crumbled when pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed in a car accident in April, overcome by waves of grief and sadness. Mike Scioscia, of Springfield, Delaware County, kept them moving forward. "There wasn't one defining moment," he said. "I think as the season started to evolve guys found that sense of purpose to play baseball again and they played it at a very, very high level. " For his deft touch during a trying season, Scioscia won the AL Manager of the Year award yesterday for the second time.
July 14, 2009 |
So much for the plan to have Manny Acta's patient optimism lead the Washington Nationals out of the doldrums. The abysmal won-loss record became too much to stomach, costing him his job at the All-Star break and adding another layer of instability to the worst team in baseball. Acta was fired after the team reached the unofficial halfway mark of the season with a 26-61 record, on pace to clear the 100-loss mark for the second consecutive year. Acting general manager Mike Rizzo - himself an interim placeholder - announced Acta's dismissal yesterday morning.